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July 09, 2014

Roberta Flack, Cassandra Wilson, Avery*Sunshine Highlight Lincoln Center Out of Doors Summer Festival

Lincoln Center Out Of Doors

DATE: July 9, 2014

Press Contact: Marian Skokan

212-875-5386; [email protected]

 

LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS OPENS JULY 20, 2014

 

Three Week Summer Festival Features Performances By:

 

Roberta Flack; Cassandra Wilson; The Campbell Brothers; Avery*Sunshine; The Jones Family Singers;

Stew & The Negro Problem; Rennie Harris Puremovement;

Black Rock Coalition Orchestra; Camille A. Brown and Dancers; Charles Bradley; and Bobby Patterson

 

Also on the schedule:

 

- U.S. Debut of A Batalha do Passinho, pioneering Brazilian baile funk/street dance;

- Collaboration with globalFEST- full day of concerts on multiple stages;

- La Casita, a celebration of literary and cultural expression, dedicated this year to activist Amiri Baraka;

- AmericanFest NYC with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Ironing Board Sam, Dom Flemons, more

 

From July 20 through August 10, Lincoln Center Out of Doors will bring more than 100 free performances to the Lincoln Center campus. The 44th season of one of the country’s longest-running, free summer outdoor festivals, Lincoln Center Out of Doors features a wide range of music and dance artists, premieres and debuts, family programs, notable anniversaries, and exciting collaborations. Performance highlights and a complete calendar of events follow.

 

All events are FREE; no tickets required.  For more information visit: LCOutofDoors.org

 

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2014 is sponsored by Bank of America

 

A Batalha do Passinho – July 22, 24, 26 – U.S. Debut

 

A dozen young dancers and two pioneering DJs from Rio’s baile funk music scene will introduce Brazil’s national dance phenomenon to American audiences for the first time, across several days at Out of Doors. Passinho, which means, “little step,” is a dance style that emerged at popular funk balls in the favelas of Rio in the early 2000s. It had had a similar evolution—and is similar in certain stylistic ways—as hip hop in the U.S., originating with youth in the tough streets and dance parties and eventually becoming a popular, national style. In Brazil, growing internet access led young practitioners to share and post videos of their inventive moves developed for the informal competitions taking place in their neighborhoods.  In 2011 Julio Ludemir created A Batalha do Passinho, “Battle of the Little Steps” to bring the form to wider attention, starting with organizing larger and more formal battles in the favelas.  Passinho was embraced by popular Brazilian musicians, featured in national T.V. commercials, and then selected to be part of the ceremonies for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

 

On July 24, preceding a performance by pioneering U.S. hip-hop dance theater choreographer Rennie HarrisPuremovement company, the Passinho dancers will stage a demonstration battle in multiple rounds at the Damrosch Bandshell, to music by DJ Sany Pitbull, MC Leonardo and MC Junior, all three pioneers of the baile funk scene, also making their U.S. debuts.

 

On July 22, a documentary about the Passinho scene in Rio, Passinho: Dance Off, will have its North American Premiere in a free screening at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, presented in collaboration with Film Society of Lincoln Center.  Following the screening, the Passinho dancers will join DJ KS*360 of LCOOD alums Full Circle Productions in a “Welcome to NY” edition of their Behind the Groove dance party at the David Rubenstein Atrium, with a guest DJ set by Sany Pitbull.  The Passinho dancers will also be featured on Family Day (July 26) as part of National Dance Day, leading a dance class on Josie Robertson Plaza.  The young dancers will demonstrate basic moves of this constantly evolving dance form in a casual, family-friendly, participatory workshop and dance party. A Batalha do Passinho is presented in collaboration with Brasil Summerfest.

 

Rennie Harris Puremovement – July 24 – New York Premieres

 

Choreographer Rennie Harris has been challenging the boundaries and definitions of hip hop since his teenage days as a hip hop dancer in North Philadelphia. He founded his company Puremovement in 1992 based on the belief that hip hop was the most important original expression of a new generation and, a Bessie Award, three honorary doctorates, and many sold-out U.S. and international tours later, he continues to explore it as a medium of addressing universal themes and bridging racial, religious, and economic divisions.  For its Out of Doors program, the company will present several recent works in their New York premieres: Get It (2012) set to the music of Mandrill; Church (2012) with music by Nuspirit Helsinki; and Spirit Migrations (2013) a trio with music and vocals by Raphael Xavier; along with the 1995 crowd-pleaser Students of the Asphalt Jungle, a tour-de-force for the men in the company.

 

FAMILY DAY – July 26

 

For the centerpiece of this year’s edition of Family Day at Out of Doors, the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra (BRC) under the artistic and musical direction of the incomparable Toshi Reagon, explores the origins and deep roots of rock and roll with a journey that traces rock’s roots and early proponents, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Bo Diddley. Poet/performer Carl Hancock Rux acts as “radio DJ” guiding the cultural journey up to the present. Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive, and uplifting in American music. The versatile singer/songwriter/guitarist has a hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals and funk. Reagon has shared stages with Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, Ani DiFranco, and Meshell Ndegeocello, among others. Members of the BRC Orchestra have won Grammy and OBIE Awards, been inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Hall of Fame, and performed with major pop, rock and R&B stars.  The all-star orchestra includes funk rock icon Nona Hendryx (of Labelle), Corey Glover (of Living Colour), Kat Dyson (of Prince’s New Power Generation), V. Jeffrey Smith (of The Family Stand), members of Reagon’s band Big Lovely, and others.

 

This summer’s Family Day coincides with National Dance Day and offers three events to mark the occasion: Baby Loves Disco, for young children, toddlers, and their grown-ups in Out of Doors’ most surprising new venue, the underground Jaffe Drive/Toll Porte-cochère; A Batalha do Passinho Dance Class at 1 pm (described on previous page) on Josie Robertson Plaza for older children; and a participatory National Dance Day group dance at 4 pm on Josie Robertson Plaza.

 

Launched in 2010 by So You Think You Can Dance co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration on the last Saturday in July that encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health. At 4 pm in front of Lincoln Center’s iconic Revson Fountain, the public will be led in two dance routines, which can be learned in advance on videos that will be posted online one month before the event.

 

Roberta Flack / Davell Crawford – July 26

 

Grammy Award-winning singer Roberta Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music. Her songs bring insight into audiences’ lives, loves, culture, and politics, while effortlessly traversing a broad musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz.  Songs like “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” “Where Is The Love,” and “Killing Me Softly With His Song” are part of the American songbook. Active as a humanitarian and mentor, Flack founded and helps support the Roberta Flack School of Music at the Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx, providing an innovative and inspiring music education program to inner city youth.

 

“The undisputed Prince of New Orleans Piano,” is how Blues Access Magazine describes Davell Crawford who opens this evening’s bill at the Damrosch Park Bandshell.  He has been hailed as the inheritor of the great New Orleans piano tradition, following in a line from Jelly Roll Morton, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, James Booker, and Allen Toussaint.  Crawford has recorded several stellar albums (Love Like Yours & Mine, The B-3 & Me, Born With the Funk) and worked as music director/arranger for artists such as Stephanie Mills, Marva Wright and John Boutté.

 

globalFEST at Lincoln Center Out of Doors – July 27

 

Started in 2003 as a creatively curated musical showcase in New York City coinciding with the annual conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), globalFEST (gF) has become one of the most catalytic world music events in North America. A premier gateway for emerging and established artists, gF has provided more than 140 groups from around the world and the U.S. access to stages across the continent.  Evolving into a year-round service organization for cultural curators, global music artists, and the live music industry, globalFEST aims to bring down boundaries between countries and create cultural opportunities for artists, governments, sponsors, scholars, and critics to collaborate.  Now the globalFEST format of multi-site, overlapping performances goes on the road, coming to Lincoln Center with a globe- and genre-spanning line-up on July 27 that includes appearances by BaianaSystem, Banda de los Muertos, Red Baraat, Debauche, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Emeline Michel and Emil Zrihan, and an underground global bass dance-party with pioneering electronic music figure Charanjit Singh in his New York debut and sets by Baiana Play Som, and Dutty Artz’ DJ Ushka and DJ Ripley   globalFEST is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

 

BaianaSystem was created by guitarist Robertinho Barreto, who, with vocalist Russo Passapusso, bass player/producer Marcelo Seco, percussionist Wilton Batata and DJ João Meirelles layer elements of Jamaican dub and hip hop to explore new sound possibilities for the guitarra Baiana—the distinctive electric instrument created in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, popularized by Carnival and a key element in frevo, choros, and other regional Brazilian sounds.

 

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, formed in New York in 2010, juxtaposes traditional Colombian percussion, drum-set, synthesizers, electric bass, guitar, and horns, creating an explosive performance filled with hints of Colombian folklore, psychedelic-rock and unshakeable Caribbean grooves. Recently returned from Cape Verde as the only U.S.-based group at the Atlantic Music Expo, the group is at work on its fourth album.

 

Emeline Michel, the reigning queen of Haitian song, is a captivating performer, versatile vocalist, and one of the premier songwriters of her generation, beloved for combining diverse styles like compas, twoubadou, and rara with social, political, and inspirational lyrics.

 

Moroccan-born Emil Zrihan uses his multi-octave countertenor to inject new life into a rich mixture of Moroccan and Judeo-Andalusian folk music, Sephardic and North African songs and improvisational mawals, accompanied by his ensemble on oud, violin, kanoun, and darbouka. Known as “the voice of the mocking bird,” Zrihan currently serves as cantor at the main synagogue in the ancient city of Ashkelon in Israel. Emil Zrihan’s performance is presented with support from the Consulate of Israel in New York.

 

Amel Larrieux / Avery*Sunshine / The Jones Family Singers (New York Debut) – July 30

 

Neo-soul songstress Amel Larrieux, formerly one-half of the 90s R&B duo Groove Theory, (with Bryce Wilson) recently released her fifth solo album, Ice Cream Everyday, produced on Blissful Records, the label she runs with producer husband Laru Larrieux. “Now this is what you call R&B.  Before the coolness of Janelle Monae or Solange, there was Amel Larrieux,” wrote Gumballmag.  And Soultracks called it a “liberated from all-the-rules progressive soul confection.”  The singer/songwriter/keyboardist, a Greenwich Village native, attended Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. She draws influences from R&B, soul, jazz, folk, hip hop, and gospel with flashes of Middle Eastern, West African, and Indian styles.

 

Rooted in gospel, singer/songwriter/pianist Avery*Sunshine reaches deep into a cornucopia of styles to offer songs of luminous insight.  She has toured with Ledisi, shared the stage with Kem, Musiq Soulchild, Eric Benet, Rachelle Ferrell, and the legendary B.B. King, among others.  Getting her start in the Atlanta indie music scene, Sunshine came to national attention with her daily performances at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. Her no-holds-barred brand of soul and R&B continues to gather new fans.  Her well-received self-titled debut album—an amalgam of jazz, gospel and soul—was released in 2010.  Her latest CD, The SunRoom, her first release for Shanachie Entertainment, is a collection of new, original material due out at the end of May. After a recent “barn-burning performance” at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium, The New York Times raved “with…a jazzy gospel voice that could loosen bricks from their mortar, she lit up the place in record time.”

 

Making their New York Debut, The Jones Family Singers have raised the spirit and the rafters with their fierce soul-gospel sound for more than two decades. The five sisters, two brothers (Fred Jones, Jr, leads on guitar and keyboards) assorted relatives, and their patriarch Bishop Fred Jones, pastor of Mount Zion Church of God in Christ in Markham, TX have thrilled festival audiences at SXSW and elsewhere, but their first professional recording, The Spirit Speaks, was just released this past February. Their hard-driving, funk and soul songs of praise will resonate with fans of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, The Relatives, and The Staples Singers.

 

La Casita – Dedicated to Amiri Baraka – August 2 and 3

 

This year’s LA CASITA is Lincoln Center Out of Doors’ 14th annual celebration of community, showcasing urban poetry, spoken word, and musical expressions representing traditional and contemporary culture. Created by former Lincoln Center Out of Doors director Jenneth Webster and Ana Araiz, the 2014 edition of La Casita is dedicated to the memory of poet, writer, teacher, and activist Amiri Baraka.  Baraka, who died in January, was one of the most prominent voices in American literature and a performer at La Casita in 2007. He incited controversy throughout his career for his confrontational approach that was designed to shock and awaken audiences to the social and political concerns of African Americans.  Producer, director, educator, playwright and spoken word artist Baba Israel will emcee both the August 2 program at Lincoln Center’s Hearst Plaza and August 3, when La Casita travels to Teatro Pregones in the Bronx.

 

The 2014 La Casita line-up includes poets/spoken word artists: Jennifer Celestin, Louise Sky Dancer Halfe, Jamaal May, Tony Medina, Lenelle Moïse, Jessica Care Moore, Taqralik Partridge, NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ramya Ramana, and Frank X Walker and music artists: Mexican experimental a cappella group Acardenchados, folk-qawwali singer Arooj Aftab, Ulali’s Soni Moreno, flamenco from Sonia Olla & Ismael de la Rosa, Afro-Brazilian traditional music and dance from Ologundê, and socially conscious salsa dura “con conscencia” by Orquesta SCC (formerly La Excelencia). Both August 2 and 3 performances will offer ASL interpretation for the deaf and hard of hearing provided by Lincoln Center’s Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities (PSPD). La Casita is produced in cooperation with Claudia Norman, Claudia Norman Management.

 

Stew & The Negro Problem / Camille A. Brown and Dancers: Mr. TOL E. RAncE – August 2

 

Issues of race and identity suffuse the work of the artists who make up the August 2 bill at Damrosch Park.

Stew, whose Tony Award-winning Passing Strange turned Broadway on its head, has musical influences which run the gamut from 60s era pop and soul through 80s punk to psych-rock, with a detour through Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim. In addition to new music-theater pieces Family Album and The Total Bent, Stew has been working on a forthcoming rock album with the latest iteration of his longtime band The Negro Problem, which adds a freewheeling improvisational element to Stew’s incisive wit, irreverent social commentary, sophisticated wordplay, and compelling melodies.  

 

The second half of the bill is Camille A. Brown and Dancers’ thought-provoking dance-theater work Mr. TOL E. RAncE. Inspired by Mel Watkins’ book, On the Real Side: From Slavery to Chris Rock, Spike Lee’s movie Bamboozled, and Dave Chappelle’s “dancing vs. shuffling” analogy, Mr. TOL E. RAncE celebrates African-American humor, examines “the mask” of survival, the “double consciousness” (W.E.B. Du Bois) of the black performer throughout history, and the stereotypical roles dominating current popular black culture. The work’s original compositions are by Brandon McCune, Kurt “KC” Clayton, Jonathan Melville Pratt, and Scott Patterson. The piece weaves together comedy, animation, theater, music (live performance by Scott Patterson, piano), and dance. A talkback session with Camille A. Brown will follow the performance, giving the audience a chance to reflect collectively and discuss some of the charged issues raised by the provocative piece. Dancer/choreographer Camille A. Brown is the 2013 recipient of The International Association of Blacks in Dance Founders Award, the Princess Grace Award (choreography), and the 2012 City College of New York Women & Culture Award.

 

Tribute to Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez - August 3

 

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute pays tribute to the Afro-Puerto Rican roots and musical legacy of sonero/percussionist Pete “El Conde” Rodríquez with a concert featuring daughter Cita Rodriguez’s Orchestra and his jazzman son Peter Rodriguez.  El Conde’s style and songs helped to define the legendary Fania sound that traveled the world. The August 3 Damrosch Park concert also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Fania Records and will feature a special appearance by Fania co-founder and elder musician Johnny Pacheco and a Bomba Tribute to el Conde. The all-star lineup includes Tito Allen, Herman Olivera, Adalberto Santiago, Willie Torres, Eddie Montalvo, and Ray Martinez, plus the Alma Moyo Drummers. Presented in association with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.

 

The Campbell Brothers: A Sacred Steel Love Supreme – World Premiere – August 8

 

Recorded with his quartet in 1964, released in 1965, A Love Supreme is considered the defining work of jazz saxophonist/composer John Coltrane’s career and one of the greatest jazz albums ever made. The four-part suite—the sections are titled “Acknowledgement,” “Resolution,” “Pursuance,” and “Psalm”—is Coltrane’s deeply personal spiritual testament. For its 50th anniversary, Lincoln Center Out of Doors has commissioned The Campbell Brothers, whose own spiritual roots run deep, to create A Sacred Steel Love Supreme, and artist Brock Monroe of Joshua Light Show fame to do visuals, which will be created live in response to the performance. The Campbell Brothers first foray into reframing classic jazz in their gospel tradition was part of Symphony Space’s 2001 Wall to Wall Miles Davis, curated by Bill Bragin, about which Jazztimes wrote, “A real novelty and crowd favorite of this Miles marathon was an unknown gospel group from Rochester, N.Y., called The Campbell Brothers…they charmed the crowd with eerie, countrified renditions of “Someday My Prince Will Come” and “All Blues.”

 

The sacred steel gospel group The Campbell Brothers have brought the deep gospel-blues sounds of Sacred Steel to Lincoln Center on a number of previous occasions, including a performance in the David Rubenstein Atrium last October to open the White Light Festival.  Pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell, his brother, lap steel guitarist Darick Campbell, brother Phillip Campbell on electric guitar, Philip’s son Carlton on drums, and guest vocalists perform in a tradition that has been an integral part of worship in the African-American Holiness-Pentecostal church repertoire (founded in 1903 by a Tennessee street preacher), that combines gospel with the growling, wailing, shouting and singing and swinging voice of the steel guitar.

The Campbell Brothers will share the bill with vocalist Cassandra Wilson, presented as part of Americanafest NYC.  See below. 

 

Americanafest NYC – Final Week in Collaboration with

Americana Music Association – August 4-10

 

In 2014, Lincoln Center Out of Doors launches Americanafest NYC, a new partnership with the Americana Music Association, the 15-year-old Nashville-based not-for-profit that advocates for the authentic voice of American roots music.  Over the course of the last week of Out of Doors, including the concluding annual “Roots of American Music” weekend, Americanafest NYC will offer concerts by a range of artists—long-established and newer voices—drawing from the deep wells of folk, bluegrass, country, gospel, blues, jazz, rock, and R&B. Film screenings and a symposium will also explore the elders and their legacies finding new expression among younger generations of musicians.

 

AUGUST 8

Reviewing Cassandra Wilson’s recent 20th-anniversary performance at the Highline Ballroom of her “game-changing, breakthrough” album Blue Light ‘Til Dawn, DownBeat wrote that the singer “demonstrated that she is in full control of one of the most flexible and dramatically expressive voices in jazz.”  With that album in which she reworked songs by Charles Brown, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ann Peebles and Robert Johnson, she rewrote the definition of what it means to be a jazz singer, incorporating blues, country, folk, and more, paving the way for a new generation of singers.  The two-time Grammy Award- winner continues her explorations with fresh, creative work that continues to defy categories.

 

AUGUST 10 – Americanafest NYC Symposium

 

The final day of Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2014 and closing day of Americanafest features a free Symposium starting at 1 pm at the David Rubenstein Atrium. The session kicks off with a screening of Heroes of Americana: From the Historic Films Archives, a collection of short performance clips from the collection of Joe Lauro featuring rare footage of such icons as Hank Williams, Gram Parsons, and Emmylou Harris, introduced by Lauro.  Then at 2:15 pm Talkin’ Blues: Music Makers Relief Foundation’s Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Ironing Board Sam and Dom Flemons with Music Maker Relief Foundation President Tim Duffy have a conversation hosted by Lincoln Center’s long time “Roots of American Music” consulting producer Coleman “Spike” Barkin.  Concluding the afternoon, at 3:30 pm is the taping of SiriusXM’s “The Buddy & Jim Show” with Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, the co-hosts of the station’s popular Outlaw Country Channel.

 

At 5 pm at the Damrosch Park Bandshell, Music Maker Blues Revue, a bill that brings together three artists supported by the Music Maker Relief Foundation (MMRF) honoring the non-profit artist support organization’s 20th anniversary, kicks off the final evening-long concert of Americanafest NYC and the closing night of Out of Doors 2014.

 

“My style is real Lightnin’ Hopkins lowdown blues.  I call it hard classic blues, stompin’ blues, railroad smokin’ blues,” is how Beverly “Guitar” Watkins describes her irrepressible guitar playing.  This blues lady can play her guitar behind her head, belt out songs, and roll over to sweet gospel. Atlanta-born Watkins started setting the stage on fire with Piano Red in the 1950s and 60s and has worked alongside James Brown, B.B. King, and Ray Charles. MMRF discovered her playing in small Atlanta clubs and helped her record her first CD and several more albums where her roadhouse, jazz-inflected and rockabilly blues influences are in evidence.

 

Dom Flemons, a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops (who have performed at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series) is a native Arizonan and true example of the wide embrace of American roots music among today’s young musicians. He is a member of MMRF’s Next Generation Artist Program. The “American Songster” and former slam poet is also a multi-instrumentalist—guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass and snare drum and quills—but his slide-banjo is the center-piece of a dazzling repertoire (he also performs clawhammer, tenor, and three-string banjo styles). He draws from folk, blues, early jazz and rock, and country, and musical influences from Phil Ochs, to Howlin’ Wolf and Chuck Berry. When Flemons gives a concert don’t be surprised if you hear Ma Rainey, the Beatles, and the Band in one pyrotechnic set.

 

Playing professionally for more than 55 years, Ironing Board Sam has amassed a staggering repertoire of original material and classic blues and R&B songs, and his soulful voice and remarkable piano prowess still bring audiences to their feet. He first made an impact on the Miami and Memphis scenes in the 1950s, where, lacking a stand for his electric organ, he propped it up on an ironing board. It was the start of a remarkable set of moves (Nashville, Iowa, L.A. Memphis, New Orleans) and music-making equipment including his “button board,” a wind-up toy to keep time, and an eight-foot high wooden jukebox he performed in on the sidewalks of the French Quarter. On stage, he has been described as a slightly mellower Little Richard crossed with a somewhat saner Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and a bit less church Ray Charles.

 

Bobby Patterson has been singing R&B and southern soul in his hometown of Dallas for over half a century.  He released countless singles for local and regional labels in the 1960s and 70s, and his songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Little Willie John, Albert King, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Jeff Tweedy.  His new album, I Got More Soul, produced by Zach Ernst, the former Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears guitarist, will be released this coming summer, and has already earned advance praise from the Dallas Morning News: “The result is the best local record of the year — this one or 1968.”

 

Birmingham, Alabama-based sextet St. Paul & The Broken Bones doesn’t look like your father’s country-soul band, but they sure sound like it, playing with grit, elemental rhythm, and profound depth of feeling.  Frontman Paul Janeway’s handle harkens to his beginnings in the gospel-inflected church music of his Pentecostal upbringing.   But infusions of the Stylistics and Sam Cooke, not to mention time spent in a band that played Led Zeppelin covers, sent Janeway in another direction. Members of the band are all drawn from Alabama’s deep talent pool. Their raw, old-school album Half the City was done in three takes in the studio and the result is high-voltage deep Southern soul.  Wrote The Austin Chronicle, “The horn-fueled Broken Bones don't re-create one funky groove after another. They make them sound more like the truth than any band since the Seventies.”

 

“The Screaming Eagle of Soul” and his eight-piece band, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires will close out Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2014 with delicious retro-soul. A testament to the power of perseverance, one-time homeless teenager, sometimes James Brown impersonator, then itinerant cook and janitor for most of his life, Bradley was discovered in Brooklyn in his mid-fifties by Daptone Records in the early 2000s and hasn’t looked back. His albums No Time For Dreaming and most recent psych-influenced Victim of Love were on many “best of” recording lists and he has rocked the stages at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and the Newport Folk Festival. His high-voltage performances combine James Brown moves with a tight backing band to highlight his greatest asset—“a voice expressive enough to wow the most demanding soul music fans” (Hollywood Reporter).

 

The non-profit Music Maker Relief Foundation was founded in 1994 to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time.  Music Maker works to give future generations access to their heritage through documentation and performance programs that build knowledge and appreciation of America’s musical traditions. Visit: musicmaker.org

 

The Americana Music Association is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association sponsors events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival & Conference presented by Nissan in Nashville, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Visit: americanamusic.org

 

LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS COMPLETE CALENDAR OF EVENTS

July 20 – August 10, 2014

(All programs and artists subject to change)

 

WEEK 1

 

SUNDAY, JULY 20

4:00 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

A Memorial Concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger

Featuring: Judy Collins, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary, Holly Near, Paul Winter Consort, Martha Redbone, Dar Williams & Dan Zanes, Guy Davis, Tom Chapin & The Chapin Sisters, David Amram with Adira & Alana Amram, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Emma’s Revolution, Kim & Reggie Harris, Mike + Ruthy with Penny Bossom-Seeger, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Roland Mousaa with Kristen Graves, The Vanaver Caravan, The New York Labor Chorus, Clearwater Walkabout Chorus, Hudson River Sloop Singers, ESP featuring Bernardo Palombo, The Owens Brothers with Jeff Haynes, Betty & The Baby Boomers, Work o’ the Weavers, The Almanac Trail and Jacob Bernz & Sarah Armour plus speakers including Fred Hellerman of The Weavers, George Wein, and Michael Moore.

Presented in association with Seeger Fest

 

TUESDAY, JULY 22

6:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

Film: Passinho Dance Off: The Movie (North American Premiere)

(Emílio Domingos; 2013; Brazil)

Presented in collaboration with Film Society of Lincoln Center

Performance:

Behind the Groove: Welcome Party for A Batalha do Passinho

DJ KS*360 of Full Circle Productions

With DJ Sany Pitbull, MC Leonardo and MC Junior

A Batalha do Passinho is sponsored by the Secretaria de Estado de Cultura do Rio de Janeiro.

Presented in collaboration with Brasil Summerfest.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23

7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Larry Harlow’s Hommy: A Latin Opera

Created by Larry Harlow

Words and Music by Larry Harlow and Genaro Álvarez

Conducted by Larry Harlow

Featuring vocalists Ray de la Paz, Emo Luciano, Lisett Morales, Herman Olivera,

Adonis Puentes, Luisito Rosario, Michael Stuart, and Frankie Vasquez

Narrated by Ismael Carlo

Featuring the Masacote Dance Company

Special Guest Star Roberto Roena

      and a full symphony orchestra and chorus

Michael Stuart y Su Tremendo

 

THURSDAY, JULY 24

7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Rennie Harris Puremovement

Artistic Director/Choreographer: Rennie Harris

Program

“Nuttin But A Word”* (2013); including Ambient (2013); “GET IT”* (2012);“CHURCH”* (2012);

Spirit Migrations* (trio) (2013); Students of the Asphalt Jungle (1995)

*Indicates a N.Y. premiere

 

A Batalha do Passinho (U.S. Debut)

A Batalha do Passinho is sponsored by the Secretaria de Estado de Cultura do Rio de Janeiro.

Presented in collaboration with Brasil Summerfest.

 

Friday, July 25

6:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

Sila: The Breath of the World (World Premiere)

Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for Mostly Mozart and Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Composer: John Luther Adams

Musical Director: Doug Perkins

Choreography:  Mark DeChiazza

Featuring members of Contemporaneous, The Crossing, eighth blackbird, Face the Music,  

Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, Hotel Elefant, JACK Quartet, Meehan/Perkins Duo, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, TIGUE and TILT Brass

 

7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Pam Tanowitz Dance

PASSAGEN

Music by John Zorn with live performance by violinist Pauline Kim Harris

Choreography by Pam Tanowitz

The Spectators (excerpt)

Music by Annie Gosfield with live performance by FLUX Quartet

 

eighth blackbird

Erase by Andy Akiho (New York Premiere)

Murder Ballades by Bryce Dessner (New York Premiere)

Counting Duets by Tom Johnson/Études by György Ligeti

these broken wings 3 by David Lang

 

SATURDAY, JULY 26

Family Day

 

11:00 am–1:00 pm, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

Jaffe Drive/Toll Potre-cochère

National Dance Day Celebration

Baby Loves Disco – A Family Dance Party

Led by a DJ, an MC and guest dancers, children (ages 3 and up) and their families will join in with dancing, face painting and more to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this riotous dance party

Presented in association with National Dance Day

Family Day sponsored by Disney

 

1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Josie Robertson Plaza

A Batalha do Passinho Dance Class

The teenage dancers from Rio’s baile funk scene will demonstrate basic moves of this constantly evolving dance form in a casual, family-friendly, participatory workshop and dance party

A Batalha do Passinho is sponsored by the Secretaria de Estado de Cultura do Rio de Janeiro.

Presented in collaboration with Brasil Summerfest.

Family Day sponsored by Disney

 

2:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

Deep Roots of Rock and Roll

Black Rock Coalition Orchestra and special guests

Musical Direction & Design by: Toshi Reagon

Featuring Toshi Reagon, Nona Hendryx, Carl Hancock-Rux, Corey Glover, Kat Dyson, Ganessa James, Robert Burke, Jeremy Mage, Karma Mayet Johnson, KimberlyNichole, 

Tamar-kali, Mimi Jones, Juliette Jones, Adaku Utah, and V. Jeffrey Smith

Presented in association with the Black Rock Coalition

Family Day is sponsored by Disney.

 

4:00 pm

Josie Robertson Plaza

National Dance Day

Group Dance

Presented in Association with the Dizzy Feet Foundation

 

4:00 pm

Bruno Walter Auditorium

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Artist talk: John Luther Adams in conversation with John Schaefer

 

6:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

Sila: The Breath of the World (World Premiere)

(See Friday, July 25)

 

7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Roberta Flack

Davell Crawford

 

Sunday, July 27

globalFEST at Lincoln Center

 

1:00 pm

Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater

globalFEST films

Brasslands; The Last Song Before the War; Journey to Jah

Presented in association with Film Society of Lincoln Center

 

1:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

globalFEST Family Performances

Banda de los Muertos

M.A.K.U. Sound System

Presented in association with globalFEST Inc.

globalFEST at Lincoln Center is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works

 

5:00 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

BaianaSystem

Red Baraat

Emeline Michel

Emil Zrihan

Presented in association with globalFEST Inc.

globalFEST at Lincoln Center is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

Emil Zrihan presented with support from the Consulate of Israel in New York.

 

5:00 pm

Jaffe Drive/Toll Porte-cochère

Charanjit Singh (New York Debut)

DJ Ushka (Dutty Artz)

Baiana Play Som

DJ Ripley (Dutty Artz)

Presented in association with globalFEST Inc.

globalFEST at Lincoln Center is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

 

5:45 pm

Hearst Plaza

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

Banda de los Muertos

Debauche

Presented in association with globalFEST Inc.

globalFEST at Lincoln Center is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

 

WEEK 2

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30

6:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Amel Larrieux

Avery*Sunshine

The Jones Family Singers (New York Debut)

 

Thursday, July 31

7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

José González (World Premiere Collaboration with yMusic)

yMusic

yMusic’s arrangements of Jose Gonzalez works commissioned by Lincoln Center for Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Friday, August 1

 

4:30 pm

Hearst Plaza

A Celebration of Jenneth Webster

Mingus Dynasty; Taylor 2; Yoshiko Chuma & the School of Hard Knocks (with Robert Black); Elder Edward Babb of McCullough Sons of Thunder; Pauline Oliveros; Elaine Summers; The Skymusic Ensemble, Carman Moore, conductor; Imani Uzuri’s Mosaic with guests Morley, Haleh, and Martha Redbone; Ologundê; Brooklyn Jumbies; Chinese American Arts Council; Hungry March Band; Latasha Natasha Nevada Diggs; and special guest speakers.

 

7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Paul Taylor Dance Company: 60th Anniversary

Fibers (1961)

Aureole (1962).

Piazzolla Caldera (1997) (World Premiere of live collaboration with Pablo Ziegler’s New Tango Ensemble; Commissioned by Lincoln Center for Lincoln Center Out of Doors)

 

Pablo Ziegler’s New Tango Ensemble

Saturday, August 2

12:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

La Casita

MC: Baba Israel

 

Poetry: Jennifer Celestin, Louise Sky Dancer Halfe, Jamaal May, Tony Medina, Lenelle Moïse, Jessica Care Moore, Taqralik Partridge, Ramya Ramana, and Frank X Walker

 

Music: Acardenchados, Arooj Aftab, Soni Moreno, Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernández,

Ologundê, and Orquesta SCC

La Casita is produced in cooperation with Claudia Norman, Claudia Norman Management.

 

La Casita is sponsored by PepsiCo Foundation.

La Casita is curated by Bill Bragin, Lincoln Center Out of Doors; Melody Capote, Caribbean Cultural Center;  Lillian Cho, Consultant; C. Daniel Dawson, Arts and Media Consultant; LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Writer, Vocalist, Sound Artist and Curator; Claudia Norman, Claudia Norman Management; Shawn Termin, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian; and Rich Villar, Acentos Foundation.

 

7:00 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Camille A. Brown and Dancers: Mr. TOL E. RAncE

Camille A. Brown, Director/Choreographer

Music by Brandon McCune, Kurt “KC” Clayton, Jonathan Melville Pratt, and Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson, piano

Talkback session with Camille A. Brown follows the performance

 

Stew & the Negro Problem

 

Sunday, August 3

1:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

Heritage Sunday

Echoes of the Divine: Arts of the Turko-Persian Diaspora

Featuring Ahmet Erdogdular, Shashmaqam, Quraishi, and The Crimean Tatars

Presented in association with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance and the Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage

 

3:00 pm

Teatro Pregones, 571 Walton Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451

La Casita (See Saturday, August 2 for lineup.)

 

7:00 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Tribute to Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez

Featuring The Cita Rodriguez Orchestra and Pete Rodriguez with Tito Allen, Herman Olivera,

Karen Joseph, Willie Torres, Eddie Montalvo, and Ray Martinez, and the Alma Moyo Drummers

With special guest star Johnny Pacheco

Presented in association with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.

 

WEEK 3

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 4

6:30 pm

Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, Plaza Level

Americanafest NYC

The Winding Steam (N.Y. Premiere)

Presented in association with the Americana Music Association and The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Sound + Vision Series.

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 5

6:30 pm

Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, Plaza Level

Americanafest NYC

The 78 Movie Project (N.Y. Premiere)

Presented in association with the Americana Music Association and The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Sound + Vision Series.

 

Wednesday, August 6

6:30 pm

Asia Society 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street

Artist Talk:

Ranee Ramaswamy, Aparna Ramaswamy and Rudresh Mahanthappa, co-creators of Ragamala Dance’s Song of the Jasmine in conversation with Rachel Cooper, Director of Global Performing Arts and Cultural Initiatives, Asia Society

Free admission;  no RSVP/tickets needed

Presented in association with Asia Society

 

Wednesday, August 6

7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Americanafest NYC

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Robert Ellis

Presented in association with the Americana Music Association

 

Thursday, August 7

7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

Tift Merritt with Eric Heywood

 

7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Ragamala Dance with Rudresh Mahanthappa

Aparna Ramaswamy and Ranee Ramaswamy, Artistic Co-Directors

Song of the Jasmine (New York Premiere)

Commissioned score, performed live by Rudresh Mahanthappa, saxophone and ensemble

Presented in association with Asia Society

 

Song of the Jasmine is commissioned by the Walker Art Center (Lead Commissioner and Development Partner); the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Lead Commissioner), through its Advancing the Incubation and Development of New Work in Dance Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland (Co-commissioner); and Lincoln Center Out of Doors (Co-commissioner). Song of the Jasmine is supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music/USA’s Commissioning Music/USA program, the MAP Fund (supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), and the New England for the Arts’ National Dance Project (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation). 

 

This engagement of Ragamala Dance is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

From Chinatown with Love:

Chinese American Arts Council Dancers

Traditional Chinese dance

Presented in association with the Chinese American Arts Council

 

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers

Be/Longing 2 (New York premiere)

Music by Cory Neale

Choreography by Kun-Yang Lin

Singers: Lenny Seidman, Davina Cohen

Presented in association with the Chinese American Arts Council

 

Friday, August 8

Americanafest NYC

7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Cassandra Wilson

The Campbell Brothers: A Sacred Steel Love Supreme (World Premiere; 50th anniversary celebration of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme commissioned by Lincoln Center Out of Doors)

Featuring visuals by Brock Monroe, Joshua Light Show collaborator

Presented in association with the Americana Music Association

 

Saturday, August 9

Americanafest NYC

 

1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater

Heroes of American Roots: From the Historic Films Archives

 

1:30 pm

Hearst Plaza

Old 97’s

The Devil Makes Three

Additional artist TBD

Presented in association with the Americana Music Association

 

6:00 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Rosanne Cash

The Lone Bellow

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale

Presented in association with the Americana Music Association

Roots of American Music is sponsored by Toyota

 

Sunday, August 10

Americanafest NYC

1:00 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

Symposium

 

SiriusXM’s “The Buddy & Jim Show” with Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale

Heroes of Americana: From the Historic Film Archives introduced by Joe Lauro

Talkin’ Blues: Music Makers Relief Foundation’s Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Ironing Board Sam, and Dom Flemons with Tim Duffy in conversation with Coleman “Spike” Barkin

Presented in association with the Americana Music Association

 

5:00 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Bobby Patterson

Music Maker Blues Revue*

Featuring Dom Flemons, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Ironing Board Sam

Presented in association with the Music Maker Relief Foundation

Presented in association with the Americana Music Association

Roots of American Music is sponsored by Toyota

 

*Related Exhibition

We Are the Music Makers

July 9August 29, 2014

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Corridor Gallery

Exhibition Hours: 12–8 Monday and Thursday; 12–6 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Closed Sunday.

 

All events are FREE; no tickets required

 

Events take place on LINCOLN CENTER’S PLAZAS between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues, from West 62nd Street to West 65th Street (except where noted).  Take No.1 IRT to 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station) OR the A, B, C, D and No. 1 trains to 59th St/Columbus Circle.

 

Visit LCOutofDoors.org for complete schedule or call 212-875-5766 to request a brochure.

 

ABOUT LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS

 

Inaugurated in 1971, Out of Doors began as a small festival of street theater in collaboration with Everyman Theater (co-founded by actress Geraldine Fitzgerald.) Over its 43-year history, Out of Doors has commissioned more than 100 works from composers and choreographers and presented hundreds of major dance companies, renowned world-music artists, and legendary jazz, folk, gospel, blues and rock musicians. It has highlighted the rich cultural diversity of New York City with its annual “La Casita” project which offers poetry and spoken word, along with music and dance performances. Out of Doors has partnered with dozens of community and cultural organizations including the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and the Chinese American Arts Council. Since 2008 the festival has been produced by Lincoln Center’s Director of Public Programming, Bill Bragin, with Producer Jill Sternheimer.

 

Lincoln Center Out of Doors is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) which serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Books, Lincoln Center Dialogue, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, Target Free Thursdays, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations.  In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012. 

 

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2014 is sponsored by Bank of America.

 

Additional support is provided by PepsiCo Foundation, Disney, Toyota, Amtrak, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council,

the Friends of Lincoln Center, and Young Patrons of Lincoln Center.

 

Public support for Out of Doors 2014 is provided by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

 

Operation of Lincoln Center’s public plazas is supported in part with public funds provided by the City of New York.

 

Endowment support is provided by PepsiCo Foundation and The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation.

 

Artist Catering provided by Zabar’s and Zabars.com

 

MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center

 

Bloomberg is the Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center Summer Programs

 

Movado is an Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center

 

United Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center

 

WABC-TV is the Official Broadcast Partner of Lincoln Center

 

William Hill Estate Winery is the Official Wine of Lincoln Center

 

“Summer at Lincoln Center” is sponsored by Diet Pepsi

 

Modern Luxury Lounge sponsored by Celebrity Cruises®

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